The Bush-Cheney regime is America's first neoconservative
regime. In a few short years, the regime has destroyed the Bill of Rights, the
separation of powers, the Geneva Conventions, and the remains of America's moral
reputation along with the infrastructures of two Muslim countries and countless
thousands of Islamic civilians. Plans have been prepared, and forces moved into
place, for an attack on a third Islamic country, Iran, and perhaps Syria and
Hezbollah in Lebanon as well.
This extraordinary aggressiveness toward the US Constitution, international
law, and the Islamic world is the work, not of a vast movement, but of a handful
of ideologues – principally Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Lewis
Libby, Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay
Khalilzad, John Bolton, Philip Zelikow, and Attorney General Gonzales. These
are the main operatives who have controlled policy. They have been supported
by their media shills at the Weekly Standard, National Review,
Fox News, New York Times, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal editorial
page and by "scholars" in assorted think tanks such as the American
The entirety of their success in miring the United States in what
could become permanent conflict in the Middle East is based on the
power of propaganda and the big lie.
Initially, the 9/11 attack was blamed on Osama bin Laden, but after
an American puppet was installed in Afghanistan, the blame for 9/11
was shifted to Iraq's Saddam Hussein, who was said to have weapons of
mass destruction that would be used against America. The regime sent
Secretary of State Colin Powell to tell the lie to the UN that the
Bush-Cheney regime had conclusive proof of Iraqi weapons of mass
Having conned the UN, Congress, and the American people, the regime
invaded Iraq under totally false pretenses and with totally false
expectations. The regime's occupation of Iraq has failed in a
military sense, but the neoconservatives are turning their failure
into a strategic advantage. At the beginning of this year President
Bush began blaming Iran for America's embarrassing defeat by a few
thousand lightly armed insurgents in Iraq.
Bush accuses Iran of arming the Iraqi insurgents, a charge that
experts regard as improbable. The Iraqi insurgents are Sunni. They
inflict casualties on our troops, but spend most of their energy
killing Iraqi Shi'ites, who are closely allied with Iran, which is
Shi'ite. Bush's accusation requires us to believe that Iran is
arming the enemies of its allies.
On the basis of this absurd accusation – a pure invention – Bush has
ordered a heavy concentration of aircraft carrier attack forces off
Iran's coast, and he has moved US attack planes to Turkish bases and
other US bases in countries contingent to Iran.
In testimony before Congress on February 1 of this year, former
National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said that he expected
the regime to orchestrate a "head-on conflict with Iran and with much
of the world of Islam at large." He said a plausible scenario was "a
terrorist act blamed on Iran, culminating in a 'defensive' US
military action against Iran." He said that the neoconservative
propaganda machine was already articulating a "mythical historical
narrative" for widening their war against Islam.
Why is the US spending one trillion dollars on wars, the reasons for
which are patently false. What is going on?
There are several parts to the answer. Like their forebears among the Jacobins
of the French Revolution, the Bolsheviks of the communist revolution, and the
National Socialists of Hitler's revolution, neoconservatives believe that they
have a monopoly on virtue and the right to impose hegemony on the rest of the
world. Neoconservative conquests began in the Middle East because oil and Israel,
with which neocons are closely allied, are both in the Middle East.
The American oil giant, UNOCAL, had plans for an oil and gas pipeline
through Afghanistan, but the Taliban were not sufficiently
cooperative. The US invasion of Afghanistan was used to install Hamid
Karzai, who had been on UNOCAL's payroll, as puppet prime minister.
US neoconservative Zalmay Khalilzad, who also had been on UNOCAL's
payroll, was installed as US ambassador to Afghanistan.
Two years later Khalilzad was appointed US ambassador to Iraq.
American oil companies have been given control over the exploitation
of Iraq's oil resources.
The Israeli relationship is perhaps even more important. In 1996
Richard Perle and the usual collection of neocons proposed that all
of Israel's enemies in the Middle East be overthrown. "Israel's
enemies" consist of the Muslim countries not in the hands of US
puppets or allies. For decades Israel has been stealing Palestine
from the Palestinians such that today there is not enough of
Palestine left to comprise an independent country. The US and Israeli
governments blame Iran, Iraq, and Syria for aiding and abetting
Palestinian resistance to Israel's theft of Palestine.
The Bush-Cheney regime came to power with the plans drawn to attack
the remaining independent countries in the Middle East and with
neoconservatives in office to implement the plans. However, an
excuse was required. Neoconservatives had called for "a new Pearl
Harbor," and 9/11 provided the propaganda event needed in order to
stampede the public and Congress into war. Neoconservative Philip
Zelikow was put in charge of the 9/11 Commission Report to make
certain no uncomfortable facts emerged.
The neoconservatives have had enormous help from the corporate media, from
Christian evangelicals, particularly from the "Rapture Evangelicals,"
from flag-waving superpatriots, and from the military-industrial complex whose
profits have prospered. But the fact remains that the dozen men named in the
second paragraph above were able to overthrow the US Constitution and launch
military aggression under the guise of a preventive/preemptive "war against
When the American people caught on that the "war on terror" was a
cloak for wars of aggression, they put Democrats in control of
Congress in order to apply a brake to the regime's warmongering.
However, the Democrats have proven to be impotent to stop the
neoconservative drive to wider war and, perhaps, world conflagration.
We are witnessing the triumph of a dozen evil men over American democracy and
a free press.